In line with our vision and mission, we conduct research that provides new insights and strengthens the foundation for informed decision making. Projects are grounded in critical needs and interests identified by our network members and stakeholders. Projects examine the issues at hand, identify gaps and lessons learned and provide governance recommendations. Our publications are listed below—please feel free to read and share them.

Featured Reports

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[BLOG] Tax Changes Likely to Create Unintended Fallout for Family Enterprises
(September 6, 2017 | Craig Alexander and Michael Bassett)
As many successful family-owned businesses get ready to pass the torch to a new generation of owners, how much do we know about the implications to Canada's economy? The answer is: not enough. Decisions that are made by business owners and their families, such as whether to sell to a non-family member, sell or transfer to the next generation, or close shop, have tremendous implications for our economy.

Image of briefing coverThe Transformation of the Health System: The Critical Role of Boards of Directors
(March 28, 2017 | 34 pages | Jenny Santos)
This briefing examines the important role that governance plays in health care transformation by researching the governance systems in three provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario) that have taken distinct approaches to health care governance.

Image of briefing coverCanadian Directors’ Compensation Practices: 21st Edition
(March 4, 2016 | 60 pages | Monica Haberl)
This report, which summarizes data from 247 publicly traded companies, is an update of the report published in 2014 on the compensation levels of Canadian boards of directors. The report provides benchmark data on compensation practices, and it reviews typical board composition and practices.

Image of briefing coverBoard and Director Evaluations in the 21st Century
(April 2015 | 40 pages | Beverly Behan)
Find out how to redesign board and director evaluations as a constructive performance management tool that helps good boards become great and great boards stay that way.

Image of report coverCEO Succession Practices: 2015 Edition
(April 20, 2015 | 76 pages | Melissa Aguilar, Jason D. Schloetzer, Matteo Tonello)
This report documents CEO turnover among S&P 500 companies, provides an analysis of annual data dating back to 2001, and discusses the correlation between CEO succession and company performance.

Image of report coverPerspectives on Board Diversity
(September 22, 2014 | 25 pages | Catherine Gardiner and Simon Cotsman)
Board diversity is a hot topic. This report explores possible solutions to the fact that women are still underrepresented on Canadian boards of directors.

Risk Management

Image of briefing coverBig Data Doesn’t Mean “Big Brother” (Implications for Legal and Risk Officers)
(June 17, 2015 | 8 pages| Patti P Phillips and Mary B. Young)
Organizations at the leading edge of HCA are using new sources of workforce data to gain competitive advantage. However, these practices raise privacy, legal, and ethical concerns.

Image of briefing coverInnovation and Canadian Business Survey 2014: What’s Risk Got to Do with It?
(December 19, 2014 | 22 pages | Michael Grant)
This briefing, the first in a series, discusses risk and innovation. It’s based on the results of a 2014 survey conducted to ascertain Canadian business attitudes and behaviours on innovation.

Published Reports

This research is available to subscribers of the Governance and/or Risk Management research services provided through our e-library.

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